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Title: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: Flash on August 19, 2019, 12:49:40 AM
Now that the regular season has ended, we now have our ten playoff teams, with 3 Division Winners and 2 Wild Card teams from each league.  Here’s a list of our 2019 Playoff Teams:

Franchise GM 2019 Playoff Picture

National League
#1 Seed :PHI: 151   11   0   
#2 Seed :MIL: 117   45   0   
#3 Seed :COL: 110   52   0   
#4 Seed :CHC: 113   49   0
#5 Seed :SF:   109   53   0


American League
#1 Seed :TB:   132   30   0   
#2 Seed :LAA: 131   31   0   
#3 Seed :CHW: 107   55   0   
#4 Seed :NYY: 110   52   0
#5 Seed :SEA: 106   56   0   

Let us begin with a preview of the Wild Card matchups:

In the American League, the :NYY: will meet the :SEA: in the Wild Card matchup.  The Mariners were taken over in midseason by jblum, and through a variety of trades and free agent acquisitions, he was able to turn the Mariners around and secure the 2nd Wild Card spot.  However, the :SEA: lineup has been decimated by injuries and will be shorthanded in their matchup with the Yankees.  The Mariners have Derek Dietrich, Luke Voit, Lourdes Gurriel, and Jeff McNeil on the Injured List.  So it will take some of the other rostered players to step up if the Mariners are to overcome the Yankees.

The Bronx Bombers have also been an FGM success story under first year GM Yeagg.  After negotiating a variety of trades to gain an enormous amount of available cap, Yeagg acquired a boatload of talent through free agency.  With that, he also engineered some mid-season trades and secured some more talent and was looking like a real challenger to the eventual AL East champion :TB:  However, the Yankees, like the Mariners have been bitten by the injury bug and have fallen on hard times in the closing weeks of the season.  SP Chris Sale has had an off year, and is now on the IL with an elbow injury.  MI Yoan Moncada was having a tremendous season, but went on the IL with a hamstring injury.  The good news with Moncada is that he may return this week if his rehab goes well.  The Yankees have certainly been helped the acquisitions of Ian Desmond and Mike Moustakas, but Yandy Diaz is still on the IL and Stephen Piscotty is dealing with an ankle injury.  The Yankees also have SP David Price on the IL, so they will have to deal with the loss of two of their core SPs for the playoffs

Who do you think will come out on top and advance to the a matchup with the :TB:?

In the National League Wild Card matchup, we find the :CHC: meeting the :SF:  The Cubs have some bombers in their everyday lineup:  Mike Trout, Rhys Hoskins, George Springer, Ronald Acuna, Jr., and Marcell Ozuna.  With those players, the Cubs are capable of scoring some big numbers, and they are a compliment to a strong pitching staff.  The Cubs feature Shane Bieber, Yu Darvish, and Masahiro Tanaka, so by the numbers they seem to be more than the Giants can handle.

For their part, the Giants are the only FGM team to feature a lineup with a majority of home team players.  That, however, can be a detriment to a degree because the MLB Giants are a team that is known to lay an egg and only get a few hits.  This was all to evident in the closing weeks of the season when the Giants bats went cold and allowed the Rockies to overtake them and win the NL West.  This season, the Giants helped themselves through a variety of trades and secured Buster Posey, Stephen Vogt, Matt Semien, and Matt Yastrzemski.  However, Khris Davis and Tyler Beede have been disappointing thus far, so it's a hope and prayer for better things to happen in the upcoming Wild Card Matchup.  The Giants are encouraged by the resurgence of Madison Bumgarner,  Brandon Belt, Derek Rodriguez, and the MLB debut of SP Logan Webb.

As for a prediction, let's just say it's in the hands of the Fantasy Gods.

In terms of the other playoff teams, in the National League, the :PHI: have to be considered the odds on favorites to repeat as the FGM Champion.  With a lineup that features Bryce Harper, Alex Bregman, JD Martinez, and Paul Goldschmidt and a pitching corps that has a rotation of Kyle Gibson, Dallas Keuchel, Mike Leake, Miles Mikolas, and Wade Miley, the Phillies seem like a team that is capable of laying the hammer on any opponent.

With all that, the :MIL: have quietly had a tremendous season and are a team to be reckoned with.  Led by NL MVP Christian Yelich, along with Jorge Polanco, Hunter Renfroe and CI Brian Anderson, the Brewers have a potent lineup from top to bottom.  With that, the Brewers have a tremendous pitching staff:  Lucas Giolitio, Tanner Roake, Jakob Junis,  and Eric Lauer.  These SPs are and indication of the depth of the Brewers pitching corps as they await Carlos Carrasco, Max Scherzer, Corey Kluber, and Tyler Glasnow to return from the IL.  When they are at full strength, the Brewers, like the Phillies, are very, very scary.

In the American League, the :TB: are again the #1 seed.  With their GM on a personal leave of absence for the majority of the season, they were still able to beat back the competition with a lineup that features Manny Machado, Yuli Gurriel, Charlie Blackmon, and Gio Urshela.  They were given a boost with the return of Daniel Murphy from the IL.  Pitching is a strength for the Rays with the likes of Jon Gray, Kyle Hendricks, Julio Teheran, and Stephen Strasburg.  So whomever they face, their opponent will face one of the most complete teams in the entire league.

Not to be overlooked, however, the :LAA: have had a very successful season.  Dealing with a multitude of injuries to it's pitching staff, Angels GM game162, held the staff together behind the arms of Noah Syndergaard, Michael Pineda, and Chris Archer by infusing some new faces in Adam Wainwright and Dustin May.  The Angels lineup will be affected by Joey Votto going on the IL, but the Angels have some hitters in Carlos Correa, Gleyber Torres, Vlad, Jr., and Austin Meadows.

Sometimes, surprises happen in any playoff scenario because some team is overlooked and taken for granted.  Such might be the case with the :CHW: as they come with the 9th best record of the 10 playoff teams.  Yet, in looking at their lineup, there is a reason the finished atop the AL Central Division.  The bats of Matt Chapman, Trevor Story, and Yaseil Puig have helped the White Sox win games, although they will be hurt by the loss of OF Avisail Garcia to the IL.  The White Sox pitching is lead by Trevor Bauer, German Marquez, and Jacob deGrom, so they aren't a team to take lightly.

So there you have it, a synopsis of what each team has to offer and each of our playoff teams have their strengths.  After this week's Wild Card Matchups, here's what we have to look forward to in the ALDS and the NLDS:

American League

Wild Card Winner vs #1 :TB:
#3 :CHW: vs #2 :LAA:

National League

Wild Card Winner vs #1 :PHI:
#3 :COL: vs #2 :MIL:

Feel free to post any comments or predictions.

 :toth:


Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Preview and Results
Post by: papps on August 19, 2019, 03:25:43 PM
Great write up Flash!

Good luck to everyone in the playoffs!!
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Preview and Results
Post by: jblum on August 19, 2019, 06:44:55 PM
Here we go!!! :taco:
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Preview and Results
Post by: kidd5jersey on August 20, 2019, 12:01:07 AM
Great work Flash! 
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Preview and Results
Post by: Flash on August 25, 2019, 08:15:58 PM
The Wild Card Round has been completed and we’re now ready to move on to the ALDS & the NLDS. 

In the American League Wild Card, the Seattle Mariners pulled off an upset of sorts and knocked off the New York Yankees.  After falling behind earlier in the week, the Mariners used a Sunday push to deliver a Bronx Bomber knockout punch.

The National League Wild Card saw the Chicago Cubs use a depleted, but potent lineup, to beat back the home grown lineup of the San Francisco Giants.  The matchup was close throughout the week, but in the end, the Cubs advanced to the NLDS.

Here are the ALDS and the NLDS matchups:

National League
#4 Seed :CHC: vs #1 Seed :PHI:

#3 Seed :COL: vs #2 Seed :MIL:

American League
#5 Seed :SEA: vs #1 Seed :TB:   

#3 Seed :CHW: vs #2 Seed :LAA:
 
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Preview and Results
Post by: soonerorlitigator on August 26, 2019, 01:59:35 PM
Excited to have had a great season to this point. Just hope my depleted staff can hold together for a run.

Thanks as always for a great write up Flash. You make it even more interesting for sure.
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Preview and Results
Post by: papps on August 26, 2019, 02:43:23 PM
Its gonna be a great race!  Regular season means nothing anymore.  Staying healthy will be the biggest key.  Good luck everyone!!
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Preview and Results
Post by: Flash on August 29, 2019, 03:10:13 AM
With 4 days to go in the ALDS and the NLDS, here's how it's shaping up:

Matchups

National League Division Series
Chicago Cubs  218.86  vs   811.74  Philadelphia Phillies
:PHI: flexing their muscles and spanking the :CHC:
 
Colorado Rockies  281.91  vs  851.58   Milwaukee Brewers
:MIL: are showing the :COL: they are not a team to be trifled with.

American League Division Series
Seattle Mariners  703.13  vs,  287.95  Tampa Bay Rays
The Cinderella story continues with the :SEA: leading the :TB:

Chicago White Sox  244.2  vs,  814.47  Los Angeles Angels
The :LAA: are flying high and bopping the :CHW:

Who will advance to the Conference Series?  We have four more days of play to find out. :toth:
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: Flash on August 31, 2019, 10:36:43 AM
With 2 days to go in the ALDS and the NLDS, here's how it's shaping up:

Matchups

National League Division Series
Chicago Cubs  464.88 vs. 1087.99  Philadelphia Phillies
:PHI: is running away with it and is on the verge of eliminating the :CHC:
 
Colorado Rockies  742.48 vs. 992.52   Milwaukee Brewers
:COL: has made it competitive and closed the gap on :MIL:; but the Max Muncy injury has made the road to victory a lot harder for :COL:.

American League Division Series
Seattle Mariners  961.37 vs. 584.32  Tampa Bay Rays
The :SEA: continues to dominate the :TB:, as Cinderella is still on the dance floor.

Chicago White Sox  619.21 vs. 1035.65  Los Angeles Angels
Things look bleak for the :CHW: as the :LAA: continues to dominate the series.

Surprises can always happen, but in some cases, we have to consider waiting for a miracle if we are going to see any change. :toth:

Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: kidd5jersey on September 01, 2019, 10:11:11 PM
Congratulations to Seattle on advancing to the ALCS.
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: Flash on September 01, 2019, 11:41:22 PM
Here are the final results of the NLDS and the ALDS:

Matchups

National League Division Series
Chicago Cubs  639.42 vs. 1506.33  Philadelphia Phillies

 
Colorado Rockies  905.59 vs. 1322.85   Milwaukee Brewers


American League Division Series
Seattle Mariners  1515.09 vs. 1182.67  Tampa Bay Rays

Chicago White Sox  865.64 vs. 1554.14  Los Angeles Angels

Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: Flash on September 02, 2019, 12:16:06 AM
The matchups for the Championship Series in both leagues is set and here’s what we can look forward to. 

In the NLCS, we have the two best teams in the FGM National League going head to head.  During the regular season, these two teams met six times, and the :PHI: won five of those contests.  But, one thing to consider is that :MIL: has gotten back some of their SPs from the IL, and seems to be jelling at the right time.  We all know that the playoffs are a different scenario than the regular season, so it’s going to be interesting to see these two Goliaths battle it out. 

In the ALCS, we have an unlikely matchup between two teams that are also peaking at the right time.  The :SEA: have been the underdog in both the Wild Card series and the ALDS.  Yet in both instances, they have come out on top in convincing fashion.  Can they keep it up and continue their Cinderella rise to the FGM World Series?  The task ahead of :SEA: is going to be their greatest challenge to date, as their opponent is the AL powerhouse :LAA: 

The :LAA: have a balanced roster of hitting and pitching, and like their counterparts, they are also peaking at the right time.  Of the eight teams competing in the Division Series, they scored the most, and demonstrated that they are ready to compete for the opportunity to play in the FGM World Series.

Both Series should be fun to follow.  Check back throughout the week for some updates.

Good Luck to all! :toth:
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: soonerorlitigator on September 03, 2019, 05:31:36 PM
Kluber, Glasnow, Lowe, and Anderson being on the IL will make it tough for the :Brewers: . Need to be nearly perfect to beat the Phillies anyway. Good luck everyone. Been a great season.

And as always, thanks to Flash.
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: Flash on September 03, 2019, 10:43:13 PM
MATCHUPS
PERIOD 24 (SEP 2, 2019 - SEP 8, 2019)

Milwaukee Brewers  330.58  bs.  592.4  Philadelphia Phillies

Seattle Mariners  281.46 vs. 656.67  Los Angeles Angels

The scores are self-explanatory—the Red teams are leading!
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: Flash on September 06, 2019, 12:06:39 AM
NLCS Update - Thursday, September 5th

Milwaukee Brewers  309.5 vs. 1048.45 Philadelphia Phillies
The :PHI: are flexing their muscles and stretching their lead over the :MIL:

The ALCS, on the other hand, is becoming more of a match, as the :SEA: have made a run and have closed the gap on the :LAA:

Seattle Mariners 838.07 vs. 999.1 Los Angeles Angels
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: Flash on September 07, 2019, 11:33:20 AM
Two days to go and here’s how it’s shaping up:

MATCHUPS
PERIOD 24 (SEP 2, 2019 - SEP 8, 2019)

National League Championship Series
Milwaukee Brewers  627.97  vs.  1741.16  Philadelphia Phillies
This looks pretty set—the :PHI: will be looking for an opportunity to be a two time Champion. 

American League Championship Series
Seattle Mariners  1131.36 vs. 1302.73  Los Angeles Angels
This series is still up in the air as the :SEA: remain in striking distance of the :LAA:.  Will the Halos spoil Cinderella’s chance to dance at the Grand Ball?  Stay tuned, it’s going to be fun to watch!
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: Flash on September 09, 2019, 01:32:31 AM
We’re all set for the two-week FGM World Series.

:LAA: vs :PHI:
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: jblum on September 09, 2019, 02:22:07 AM
Welp it was a good run! Congrats to the Angels, look forward to next season as we will be back.
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: papps on September 09, 2019, 12:28:34 PM
Good luck to the Angels in the championship!  It should be a great matchup!   :win:
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: Flash on September 09, 2019, 04:50:12 PM
We’re all set for the two-week FGM World Series.

:LAA: vs :PHI:

I didn't really have time to offer some plaudits to :SEA: and :MIL: for their playoff quests. 

As I have mentioned before, :MIL: has had a tremendous season under some trying circumstances.  In the end, injuries were their doom, but those injuries do not take away from the adept managing of the :MIL: GM, soonerorlitigator.  Travis has quietly assembled quite a roster and is set to compete for years to come and is a model for others in the league to follow. 

:SEA:, on the other hand, has had a bit of a storybook journey.  Many times, when a GM suddenly leaves in midseason, as ldsjayhawk did, the team goes to through a period of decline as the new GM, when one is found, tries to regroup and figure out the best way to proceed.  However, FGM was fortunate to have Jonathan (jblum) return to the league and take over the :SEA: franchise.  Through his aggressive managing, the :SEA: upended the :NYY: and :TB: to get to the ALCS. 

My congratulations to both of these GMs for their yeomen efforts to reach the Championship Series in their respective leagues.  They are both fine competitors and deserve all the accolades from the league for their work as fantasy baseball GMs.

 :toth:
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: papps on September 09, 2019, 05:15:31 PM
I didn't really have time to offer some plaudits to :SEA: and :MIL: for their playoff quests. 

As I have mentioned before, :MIL: has had a tremendous season under some trying circumstances.  In the end, injuries were their doom, but those injuries do not take away from the adept managing of the :MIL: GM, soonerorlitigator.  Travis has quietly assembled quite a roster and is set to compete for years to come and is a model for others in the league to follow. 

:SEA:, on the other hand, has had a bit of a storybook journey.  Many times, when a GM suddenly leaves in midseason, as ldsjayhawk did, the team goes to through a period of decline as the new GM, when one is found, tries to regroup and figure out the best way to proceed.  However, FGM was fortunate to have Jonathan (jblum) return to the league and take over the :SEA: franchise.  Through his aggressive managing, the :SEA: upended the :NYY: and :TB: to get to the ALCS. 

My congratulations to both of these GMs for their yeomen efforts to reach the Championship Series in their respective leagues.  They are both fine competitors and deserve all the accolades from the league for their work as fantasy baseball GMs.

 :toth:

Well said Flash and definitely agree!!!  :toast:
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: game162 on September 10, 2019, 10:29:37 AM
Good luck to the Angels in the championship!  It should be a great matchup!   :win:

You too, Philly!  We came out of the blocks last night with a good start, but this is a marathon.  Here's to a great WS!
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: papps on September 13, 2019, 10:12:27 PM
My team picked a great week to tank. I put up 2200 last week and nothing this week. Unbelievable. Angels may run away with it.
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: Flash on September 13, 2019, 11:31:36 PM
On a Friday night in Philadelphia, we find the Phillies with 1095.17 points. 

Meanwhile, in sunny California, the Angels have 1267.74 points.

Yet, we all know there are nine days to go in their two week matchup, so neither team will concede one way or another.  There’s a lot of baseball to be played, so it will be interesting to see how it all turns out.

 :toth:
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: Brent on September 14, 2019, 04:25:58 AM
Glad to see the Angels, my former team in the Championship Series.  That rebuild I started in 2013 still has some of those pieces on it from when I retired as GM after the 2015 season. 
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: Flash on September 16, 2019, 02:56:23 AM
At the end of the first week, here’s what we got:

MATCHUPS
PERIOD 25 (SEP 9, 2019 - SEP 22, 2019)

Los Angeles Angels 1632.64 vs 1315.82 Philadelphia Phillies

We still have a week to go.

 :toth:
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: papps on September 18, 2019, 02:54:14 PM
Angels are destroying me! Congrats to the Angels!! Great team and a well deserved championship!! :win:
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: game162 on September 19, 2019, 01:34:46 AM
Angels are destroying me! Congrats to the Angels!! Great team and a well deserved championship!! :win:

Fat lady hasn't sung yet.  Your line up still makes me nervous...even with a few injuries.  lol
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: Flash on September 19, 2019, 04:34:01 PM
Fat lady hasn't sung yet.  Your line up still makes me nervous...even with a few injuries.  lol

The song is in the air—methinks I can hear the “fat lady” starting to sing “We Are The Champions” in the distance.

MATCHUPS
PERIOD 25 (SEP 9, 2019 - SEP 22, 2019)

Los Angeles Angels  2495.03 — Philadelphia Phillies 1900.00
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: papps on September 21, 2019, 11:51:27 PM
Congrats Angels!! Enjoy your well deserved championship!  :toth: :win:
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: Flash on September 22, 2019, 11:47:15 PM
 :win: :win: :win: :win: :win: :win:

Congratulations to the :LAA: - 2019 FGM World Series Champions!

 :toth:
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: game162 on September 23, 2019, 01:04:40 AM
:win: :win: :win: :win: :win: :win:

Congratulations to the :LAA: - 2019 FGM World Series Champions!

 :toth:

Thanks Flash and Papps!  It's been a helluva year!  As soon as I hit 'post' , i'm going outside to douse myself with champagne...

Congrats to the Phillies and the other 6 playoff teams...you've built some impressive rosters.  Looking forward to defending my title against all of you next year!

Also - huge shout out to Flash for putting the time in to keep this league humming like a well oiled machine. :toth:



Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: Brent on September 23, 2019, 01:14:20 AM
Thanks Flash and Papps!  It's been a helluva year!  As soon as I hit 'post' , i'm going outside to douse myself with champagne...

Congrats to the Phillies and the other 6 playoff teams...you've built some impressive rosters.  Looking forward to defending my title against all of you next year!

Also - huge shout out to Flash for putting the time in to keep this league humming like a well oiled machine. :toth:

Congrats man!  It's good to see the Angels win considering where they were about 6 years ago. 

I plan on giving you a run for your money in the AFC West next season and beyond. 
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: BHows on September 23, 2019, 08:55:55 AM
Congratulations :LAA:   :toth:
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: dedreger on September 24, 2019, 02:09:36 PM
Congratulations, :LAA:!   

:toast:
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: RyanJames5 on September 24, 2019, 03:21:07 PM
Congrats :LAA:  :win: :win:
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: kidd5jersey on October 02, 2019, 08:14:07 AM
Congratulations to the Angels on their championship season.
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: indiansnation on October 03, 2019, 12:30:03 AM
congrats to angels
Title: Re: 2019 FGM Playoffs Projections, Updates & Results
Post by: Colby on October 08, 2019, 09:21:37 AM
Great job Angels. It's amazing to see how franchises have ebbed and flowed in this league the last decade.